Austin City Council member proposes resolution to curb gun violence
Austin Police Corporal Joshua Shows stepped in front of TV cameras early Thursday morning to release details of a shooting on Lynridge Drive, near Manor Road and Hwy 183. "The resident stated that they heard two gun shots a little while earlier and at that time a man was banging on his door and saying he had been shot," he told the news media. "Officers found a gunshot wound to his back." Cpl. Shows was also wearing a black ribbon across his badge to honor San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland, who was killed Monday while serving a warrant.
Gun violence is why Austin City Council Member Alison Alter also stepped in front of TV cameras this morning. "As an elected official, I've been in office less than a year and I have had to offer condolences far too many times to communities affected by gun violence," she told reporters.
Alter was joined by other council members, along with State Representative Gina Hinojosa and Texas Gun Sense to announce a proposed resolution to curb gun violence. Alter said her resolution opposes efforts to deregulate gun silencers and supports efforts to ban bump stocks, like the one used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Alter is also looking to close loopholes in current gun law. "We can respect Second Amendment rights and achieve sensible gun violence legislation," she said.
"It's not up to city council to actually make laws when it comes to firearms, that's up to our state legislature," said Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works. He disagrees with recent gun control efforts. "I think where we need to be is more good guys carrying guns would actually stop the bad guys," he said.
Cargill teaches gun safety courses and is a longtime outspoken gun rights advocate. He points to the failures that led up to the Sutherland Springs shooter getting a gun -- when the Air Force did not report his domestic violence conviction. "We already have laws that are in place when it comes to all that stuff. We just need the different government agencies to do their job like they're supposed to. And maybe we should look to congress to impose some kind of punishment," Cargill said.